At its July 11 meeting, VFW Post 8870 recognized recipients of the Dexter Miller Freedom Scholarship. In its third year, the scholarship program honors the memory of Edmonds resident Dexter Miller, a veteran of WW II and long-time Post member, who passed away last October.
Miller had been instrumental in establishing several youth programs sponsored by the Post. His widow Ruth Miller presented the scholarships to the recipients along with her two daughters, Marla and Linda.
The Dexter Miller Freedom Scholarship was established to identify and reward deserving graduating seniors who have achieved an outstanding record of academic achievement, leadership and community service, and who understand and value the freedom and rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, were awarded to two students residing within the Edmonds School District and two in the Mukilteo School District. In addition to their transcript and a resume, students were asked to write a 500- to 750-word essay.
Representing the Edmonds School District were Anna Matteucci and Tom Maxson, both from Edmonds-Woodway High School. Matteucci will attend the University of Idaho next fall, and Maxon the University of Washington. The Mukilteo School District recipients, both from Mariner High School, are Jessica Pal and Rafael Achacoso. Achasoso will attend the University of Washington to study nursing, and Pal will be at Edmonds Community College.